Model burnt with acid by Ferne McCann’s ex leaves First Dates viewers emotional

A Miss England contestant who was burnt in an acid attack by TOWIE star Ferne McCann's ex-boyfriend has appeared on First Dates. 

Red-head Sophie Hall, 23, who was left scarred for life after Arthur Collins threw acid over her outside a London nightclub on Easter Weekend in 2017, found love on the show with sweet lad Bailey.

During her date, the beauty queen, who is in the final of the Miss England competition, recalled the moment acid was sprayed over her and 21 other people – leaving viewers emotional.

Fans were overcome by Sophie's brave display and rushed to Twitter to reflect on the episode of the romance show.

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One penned: "Poor Sophie. That acid attack was horrific.

"She is doing well and the hospital did a great job on her.

"Anyone who uses acid to attack other deserves never to breathe free air again."

Others said "getting so upset listening to her story of the acid attack" and "Ahhhhhh this lady on first dates, acid attack 🙁 makes me so angry She looks amazing".

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Another typed: "Sophie is stunning both inside and out after what she went through."

Collins – who is father to Ferne McCann's daughter Sunday – was found guilty of five counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and nine counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a trial in November 2017.

He was jailed for 20 years.

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Sophie , who had been celebrating pal Lauren Trent's 22nd birthday, said at the time: "I knew my face was a mess. I could feel it in my hands.

"It was all blistered… I knew I would be scarred for life."

She added: "It's not something I'll be ever able to forget about and it obviously still haunts me but it's something that I've had to adapt to.

"I should never have had to get used to but it's something now that will be with me forever."

Sophie doesn't want the attack to define the rest of her life and wants to inspire others going through the same ordeal.

She will be competing in the Miss England final after she won the Miss Bournemouth title.

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